A man who preyed on two vulnerable women, luring them into his car before sexually assaulting them, has been jailed for 18 years at Wood Green Crown Court .
Thierry Kindundu, 30 , a Congolese national of High Street, Enfield had previously been found guilty of raping one woman, and the attempted rape and sexual assault of the second woman, at the same court on 23 January.
Kindundu will also remain on licence for five-years following his sentence and will sign the sex offenders register for life.
The court heard how Kindundu had driven around the streets of north London looking for women to attack.
On the first occasion on 29 August 2011, Kindundu approached a 20-year-old woman who was alone waiting at a bus stop in Tottenham High Road, N17. Kindundu offered the woman a lift. Thinking he was a cab driver, the woman refused saying she had no money but Kindundu persisted, offering to drive her for free.
However, once inside the car Kindundu drove the woman to Chestnuts Park, N15 where he raped her.
Residents near to the park heard the incident and came to the victim’s aid while Kindundu made off in his car, a Citroen Picasso.
The second incident occurred in Edmonton on 16 December 2012. The victim, 32, had been out with a friend and was in Fore Street when Kindundu pulled up in a car and offered them a lift. Both women got into the car and Kindundu proceeded to drive off in a different direction to where they lived. The women became concerned and demanded Kindundu let them out. He stopped and one woman managed to get out of the car but Kindundu drove off before the second woman could exit.
Police were called and officers traced Kindundu and his victim a short distance away. During this time Kindundu has sexually assaulted and attempted to rape his victim.
Kindundu was arrested and subsequently charged with offences related to both incidents.
Detective Constable Suzie Chantry of the Sexual Offences, Exploitation and Child Abuse (SOECA) Command led the investigation. She said:
“I would like to praise the courage of the two victims who have put their trust in the police to obtain justice for them. I hope the fact that Kindundu has been jailed will go some way to achieving closure for them.
“Kindundu is a predatory sexual offender who stalked the streets of north London late at night, looking for woman to attack. I cannot discount the fact that there may be other victims of Kindundu and I would appeal to anyone who thinks they may have been attacked by this man to come forward and speak to police.
“Today’s sentencing shows that you will be believed and the police will pursue those responsible and put them before the courts.”
Detective Inspector Rick Murphy, also of SOECA, said:
“This case highlights the dangers of getting into a vehicle of someone you don’t know. Even if you think the person may be a cab driver, don’t get into their car. Unlicensed cabs are not regulated and you don’t know who is driving them.”
Anyone who believes they may have been a victim of Thierry Kindundu is asked to contact specially trained SOECA officers on 020 8217 7474.